Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Time to be Irish for a day—if you’re not already. Celebrate the day by wearing some green, pinching others who don’t, having some Irish food, and, of course, beer.
On a day like today, almost every bar and restaurant around C’ville will have something going on to celebrate the Irish festivities. Since it’s not possible to visit every place in town, here are some options to consider:
Starr Hill – To commemorate the 17th, Starr Hill Brewery has been releasing batches of its Dark Starr Irish Dry Stout, aged on Jameson-soaked Oak chips. Although it’s not available in 6 packs at this time, the beer has been making -appearances at Mellow Mushroom and Beer Run during this week. You could even venture out to Starr Hill Brewery to try it on tap out there, as well as their other great beers too.
Devils Backbone – Devils Backbone will offer Irish-themed draft beer with their Reilly’s Red Ale & Ramsey’s Draft Stout. In addition, you can also expect some good food (Irish stew, Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie, and Chocolate Stout Torte with Irish cream anglaise). The brewery will also provide Irish-themed music from the local group The Moonrats, starting at 9pm.
McGrady’s Irish Pub – While most places in C’ville are celebrating St. Patty’s Day today, McGrady’s Irish Pub, in true Irish fashion, has been celebrating since this past Tuesday. While you can expect them to have all the Irish beer you would want, you may not know about their Irish-themed brunch starting off this morning, including Guinness pancakes. The pub will also be laying down the Irish music all afternoon and evening featuring 4 different performances, including: Billy Caldwell, Albemarle Pipe & Drum, Brian Chandler, and Full Plate.
Blue Mountain Brewery – Blue Mountain Brewery will have their annual St. Patrick’s Day feast, including their corned beef, cabbage, and lamb stew. In addition to their 8 beers on tap, the brewery will also have their Irish Dry Stout on draft. It starts at 11:30am, but you might want to get there early since BMB can get very busy, very quickly. And don’t forget to wear green, it’ll get you $1 off appetizers.
Black Market Moto Saloon – Although a relatively new bar in the Belmont area, the Black Market Moto Saloon will be celebrating the day with specials on Brooklyn Irish Dry Stout and other great selections. This evening will also include an event they’re calling Leprechaun Orgy—and no, I’m not making that up. The event will include performances from the bands Red Rattles and 3 Witches. There is a cover charge to get in, but it’s only $5.
Beer Run – Beer Run will have plenty of beer to offer, including $2 pints of Guinness & $3 pints of Wexford Irish Ale. You can expect plenty of Irish-styled food from BR, though their Dubliner Corned Beef Sandwich will have me stopping by there later today. Beer Run will also provide live music starting at 7pm, courtesy of The ‘ginny Pigdogs Old Tyme Band. Of course, if you’re only there to pick up some beer, I’m sure they’ll have plenty of Irish beer to choose from.
So, if you can, go out and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. Just don’t drink too much green beer, ok?